Isis Unveiled: chapter III (The mirror of the soul)

“Since history recorded the first laws established by man, there never was yet a people, whose code did not hang the issues of the life and death of its citizens upon the testimony of two or three credible witnesses.

 
“At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death”, says Moses, the first legislator we meet in ancient history. “The laws which put to death a man on the deposition of one witness are fatal to freedom” – says Montesquieu. “Reason claims there should be two witnesses.” Thus the value of evidence has been tacitly agreed upon and accepted in every country.

 
But the scientists will not accept the evidence of the million against one. In vain do hundreds of thousands of men testify to facts. Oculos habent et non vident! They are determined to remain blind and deaf.

 
Thirty years of practical demonstrations and the testimony of some millions of believers in America and Europe are certainly entitled to some degree of respect and attention.

 
Especially so, when the verdict of twelve spiritualists, influenced by the evidence testified to by any two others, is competent to send even a scientist to swing on the gallows for a crime, perhaps committed under the impulse supplied by a commotion among the cerebral molecules unrestrained by a consciousness of future moral RETRIBUTION.”

 
H. P. Blavatsky

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